a comparison between the family fueds in Romeo and Juliet and the family fueds in Jane Eyre?Romeo and Juliet: between Montagues and Capulets Jane Eyre: between Jane Eyre and Mrs Reed

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The family feuds in Romeo and Juliet are very different from those in Jane Eyre. In fact, I'm not sure I would call the conflicts in Jane Eyre a feud at all. Romeo and Juliet come from different families but both families are in the same social class. Both the Capulets and the Montagues are wealthy, powerful families. We are never given the specific reason they dislike each other but this is often the case with feuds. Families begin to dislike each other for a specific reason, but the argument carries on so long that both sides tend to forget the reason it all started. Romeo is discouraged from marrying Juliet simply she is a Capulet. Jane Eyre is discourage from marrying Mr. Rochester because of her social standing. Mr. Rochester is a wealthy gentleman while Jane is the daughter of a clergyman, poor, and an orphan who was put out by her own family. Jane and Mr. Rochester travel in far different social circles. It would have been unthinkable for a man of his standing to marry someone so far beneath him as the hired help. Both couples are separated by social constructs that we would consider silly or archaic today. The idea of a young couple divided by society is a recurrent theme in literature. Although the experience of separation is similar in both books, the reasons Romeo and Juliet are separated are very different from the reasons Jane and Mr. Rochester are separated.

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